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Definition avoid waste
  • She adjusted the thermostat as part of an effort to economize.
economize = avoid waste
  • The school will have to economize, but hopefully without cutting teacher's salaries.
  • They had to economize space until the new factory was built.
  • (said in jest):  Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
    Mark Twain
  • This morning Shukhov economized.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • economized = avoided waste
  • I walked over to Madison Avenue and started to wait around for a bus because I didn't have hardly any money left and I had to start economizing on cabs and all.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • economizing = avoiding waste
  • What we had to do now was economize further, go halves again, tough measures for tough times: two legs sufficed, so also with eyes, kidneys.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Theresa's salary was barely enough; they were economizing less stringently than before, but still had to watch their expenses.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • I try to economize, but it just seems to evaporate.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I could set about economizing in our way of living.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He's travelling second class; he's been spending too much money of late, and feels the need to economize.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • So now my question is, what can you do to economize?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • He could not bring himself to consider, calculate, or economize.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Joe grumbled awhile; then he agreed with his friend that what daylight was left ought to be economized in getting things ready for leaving.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • You see I am obliged to economize, in case your prosperity should cease.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It seems likely, indeed, that I shall be able to economise at his own.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use economize.)
  • She rented a big place and then settled in a space-economizing style, gathering and piling things around her.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She promised herself she would economise in order to pay back later on.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use economize.)
  • There is a powerful reason which usually induces democracies to economize upon the salaries of public officers.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • They dined extravagantly at their hotel at night, and next morning sneaked round the corner to economize at a Childs' Restaurant.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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